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Album: Armed for Apocalypse – The Road Will End

June 13th, 2013

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Armed for Apocalypse
This Road Will End
Candlelight Records
22 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Black Sabbath have released a new album, did you notice? Four old dudes who should have buggered off years ago are clinging on to past glories, because metal heads feel they’re owed some kind of fealty for starting the whole horrid mess in the first place. Plus if there was no Ozzy Osbourne there’d be no Zakk Wylde, so double screw Black Sabbath for that.

It’s a shame, because the fact they won’t piss off now detracts from younger, better and more deserving bands, like Armed for Apocalypse. Armed for Apocalypse are really bringing nasty, grinding sludgy metal forward, not waxing over all nostalgic about the guy that did a reality show with his awful family.

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It’s International Jawbreaker Appreciation Day. This is why you should give a damn.

May 4th, 2012

Today marks International Jawbreaker Appreciation Day – a perfect excuse to celebrate the rise and fall of a band that once wrote a song called ‘Sluttering (May 4th)’. We got Alex Andrews on the case.

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“There was a sun once. It lit the whole damn sky…”

It’s difficult to pay tribute to a band that is responsible for so much of what you dislike about music. You could argue that a band has little control over its legacy, but given that the Get Up Kids have since apologised for spawning a generation of whiney sound-alikes peering out from behind straightened fringes, it’s perhaps only fair that Jawbreaker take their share of the blame.

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Album: Suicide Silence – The Black Crown

July 7th, 2011

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Suicide Silence
The Black Crown
Century Media
18 July 2011

by Andy Parker

During the creation of The Black CrownSuicide Silence have been talking a lot about their decision to ditching many of the digital processes used by their previous producer, Machine. This time around they have instead teamed up with Steve Evett (Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects) to create an album that closer reflects the sound of their live performances. That decisions has paid-off by the truckload.

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Album: AFI – Crash Love

September 30th, 2009

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AFI
Crash Love
Interscope Records
28 September 2009

by Jon Kerr

Following the death of their influential producer Jerry Finn, AFI have recruited the chart-friendly Jacknife Lee to co-produce Crash Love, perhaps to right some of the wrongs on the bland Decemberunderground. The band are already brashly hailing it as “the album we’ll be remembered for”. So, should you believe the hype?

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Interview: Valient Thorr on Planet Earth, Barack Obama and redheads in green tshirts

May 5th, 2009

California-based psychedelic rockers Valient Thorr are landing in the UK as support to Mastodon at their tiny club shows. Valient Himself answered these questions with an elegance clearly unattributable to real Earthlings.

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How’s it working out for you guys on Planet Earth right now?
“Finally, rays of light are popping through the glooming, murky cloud that has been hanging in our atmosphere for eight years or so. I feel as though personally we are still fighting for time with loved ones – that’s how it goes – but as a band, things couldn’t be better. Well I guess they could actually, but we are on an ever-changing plane, looking upward.”

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2008 into 2009: Calabrese

December 12th, 2008

Jimmy Calabrese from Arizonan horror punk rockers, Calabrese, talks about his year of car crashes and other awesome horror-related stuff. Despite his Rob Zombie fixation, his new year’s plans sound crap.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Almost dying in a car crash on the CA I5, heading to a show at the Grove in Anaheim, California.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Almost dying in a car crash on the CA I5, heading to a show at the Grove in Anaheim, California.

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